Do hot or cold foods make your teeth hurt? If so, you may have sensitive teeth, a common dental problem. Your sensitive teeth might be caused by:
- Exposed tooth roots
- Tooth decay (cavities)
- Worn tooth enamel
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Defective fillings
There are a number of treatments available that can be used to help reduce or eliminate your discomfort. The simplest method is to use a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne, Crest Sensitive, or Aquafresh Sensitive.
When you use these toothpastes twice a day for about 8 to 12 weeks, you should notice that your teeth are not as sensitive anymore. If we find that these toothpastes alone aren’t enough, we can prescribe a desensitizing medication.
During this simple procedure at our office, we’ll apply the medication to the surface of your teeth. You will also receive a prescription for use at home. Usually, either or both of these methods will help reduce sensitivity and quickly and easily provide relief.
Brushing and flossing regularly, along with regular dental visits, is very important if you want to avoid tooth sensitivity. If you have questions about tooth sensitivity or your at-home oral hygiene, please don’t hesitate to talk to our hygienist or one of our doctors.